Peruvian agro-exports —which represent 12% of total shipments— reached US$5.86 billion in 2018, thus setting a historical record, Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Edgar Vasquez informed Monday.
As for tariff lines, 68 totaled more than US$10 million, the most representative ones in addition to blueberries
, avocados, chestnuts (+39%), bananas (+13%), mangoes (+31%), and citrus fruits (+3.4%), which reached record levels.
"Fruits such as pomegranates
(+16%) and strawberries (+14%) are rapidly climbing and are already among the 10 most exported fruits," the official highlighted.
Other products that experienced significant export gains were palm oil (+44%), beans (+43%), cacao butter (+31%), onions (+8%), paprika (+8%), and tara (+10%).
It should be noted giant squid landings, which come mostly from Piura region, went from making up 36% of total non-traditional fishery shipments in 2017 to 46% in 2018, amounting to US$624 million.
Furthermore, canned fish (+43.4%) also stood out at year-end.
Spain and South Korea are the main destinations for Peruvian fishery exports, with purchases up 13% and 39%, respectively.